02.08.1943 No. 18 O.T.U. Wellington III X3800 Sgt. Leslie A. Charlton
Date: 2nd August 1943 (Monday)
Unit: No. 18. O.T.U. "C" Flight.
Type: Wellington III
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Finningley, Yorkshire. (Now Robin Hood International Airport)
Location: Wroot, 8 miles east of Doncaster. Lincolnshire
Pilot: Sgt. Leslie Albert Charlton 1333575 RAFVR. Age 21. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Ronald Henry Smith 1575673 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. John William (Bill) Perry 1439469 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Eric Hempel Sherman AUS/410739 RAAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
The Wellington took off at 15.10 hrs from RAF Finningley on a training exercise to practice single-engine flying.
The navigator of Wellington X3800, Sgt. Ronald Henry Smith
No details as yet what occurred but the aircraft was seen to dive and crash shortly afterwards at 15.30 hrs at Wroot near to the airfield.
Sadly we do not have the exact location of the crash site, but the old map reference has been placed as WA 1832 - Can you assist us with this?
This page inspired by the webmaster who met a relative (Mr Ron Smith) of the navigator whilst on holiday.
Sgt. Ronald Henry Smith shown rear row, extreme right. Regret, we do not have other names or location of this photograph taken during training.
Above - the feared telegram
Left: Grave of Sgt. Ronald Smith
Sgt. Leslie Albert Charlton. Golders Green Crematorium Panel 1. Son of Albert John and Matilda Lucy Charlton, of Willesden, London, England.
Sgt. Ronald Henry Smith. Lewisham (Hither Green) Cemetery. Sec. G.G. Grave 47. Son of Edwin George and Rose Emmeline Smith, of 63, Bellingham Road, Catford, London S.E.6, England.
Sgt. John William (Bill) Perry. Finningley (Holy Trinity and St. Oswald) Churchyard Extension Row E. Grave 3. Son of John Henry and Fanny Perry; husband of Marion Perry, of Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. Eric Hempel Sherman. Finningley (Holy Trinity and St. Oswald) Churchyard Extension Row D. Grave 3. Son of Leonard John and Anna Ida Clara Sherman, of Stanhope, Victoria, Australia.
With much assistance from Ron Smith - relative of Sgt. Ronald Smith in memory of the crew. Also to Margie Brown in Australia - relative of Sgt. Eric Hempel Sherman. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', the Commonwealth Graves Commission.